Our final release of 2006 is the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the award-winning Canadian documentary The Corporation, produced by Canadian composer Leonard J. Paul. This is the original music soundtrack plus extra pieces, totaling 28 tracks for the release. It also comes w/ artwork and full liner notes from Leonard himself. This is a huge release for us, and we're very proud to be able to offer it at Kikapu. We'd like to thank Leonard for letting us release this amazing piece of work,... ( 2 reviews ) Topic: sountrack
Our largest and most ambitious release to date, "Wein, Weib und Gesang" is a focus on experimental and ambient-styled electronics, with tracks from a group of some of the most remarkable musicians around. Some of these faces are new to Kikapu, while some have previously released here a number of times. The title is an old German saying that is loosely translated as "wine, women and songs...all you need to be happy in life." Seeing as this release clocks in at nearly five... ( 5 reviews ) Topic: Ambient
file under: idm, breakbeats, rocking out Happy Valentine's Day from Kikapu! Since we love you so much, we have a special present for you today: a new full-length album from none other than Evan Valentine himself! It's called 'sinister device' and this album is a masterwork of tight breakbeats and IDM stylings. It's been sitting on the shelf for awhile, and it's debut is long overdue. Thanks to E. Valentine for the wonderful release and remember that we heart you. Artwork by Alex Curran Topics: IDM, Breakbeats
souns is an ambient project from vancouver-based DJ/producer/promoter michael red. 'lights' came out of the source material created exclusively for an event michael put together for newformsfestival 04. the event, simply titled 'a sound event', was successful in creating a fusion between modern electronic music and ancient healing sound. happening in four movements, the most intensive healing work happened in the second and third movement. 'lights' are the drones used in these two movements and... Topic: Ambient
Experimentations in sounds of shortwave. 0 dBm is a concept E.P. from Detroit producer Telegraphy (Richard Sudney). The concept being, combining in real time, audio of shortwave signals from which a vintage vacuum tube communications receiver is used as a back drop for Telegraphy's minimal dub'ed sound-scapes. This receiver, with it's etheric property's not found in today's solid state electronics, captures outer worldly tonalities and energies. Each track was recorded live directly to a audio...
DJ Abstract is helping us bridge the gap from the days of Kikapu past to the future. As we're re-launching the label this fall, we thought a mix of songs from past releases would let our listeners re-visit some great tracks and artists and help build excitement for the new releases we have planned. DJ Abstract picked fourteen of his favorite Kikapu tracks into this amazing mix. We hope this is the first of many Kikapu compilation mixes! Below is the tracklist: 01 Off Land - Time 02 Dub Jay -... ( 1 reviews )
This compilation disc was originally released in the fall of 2003, and went out of print in early 2005. Since this release was a big giant 'thank you' to all of the wonderful artists we've met along the way of this site's inception and many variations, we thought now that the actual cd's have sold out we should make it available for free downloads. So thanks especially to all of you who bought the cd originally, and for those of you who are hearing it now for the first time, please enjoy. Topic: Electro, IDM, Experimental
Hippocamp alumnus MonoCulture, who goes by the name of Nick Eymann in the non-digital world, is known around the net.label scene for his amazing production values interwoven with some of the tightest rhythm work and most superb melodies ever heard in the IDM genre. MonoCulture definitely doesn't disappoint on this long-tracker EP; the remarkable use of vocal samples and granulized ambiences along with the aformentioned elements brings MonoCulture's output to a whole new level. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electro, IDM, Experimental
KOSIK is the project of Matt Borghi and Michael Kirson-Goldapper. Raised on the periphery of Detroit, the two life-long friends were exposed to all kinds of music, much of which has been rolled up into their KOSIK project. While the KOSIK project is relatively new, Michael and Matt have been working together for the better part of a decade on a variety of projects, musical and otherwise. KOSIK is the first collaborative project that Michael and Matt have allowed to see the light of day. KOSIK... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
The sounds of Roto Visage seep into the celluloid and flicker with the moving images of what has been argued as being the first surrealist film, Antonin Artaud and Germaine Dulac's La coquille et le clergyman (The Seashell and the Clergyman, 1928). Implementing a phantasmagorical approach towards construction, a boundless number of sound sources and arrangement techniques were fused together to create this soundtrack. Roto Visage and Kikapu would like to thank Transflux Films for providing the...
This highly abstract release from Kikapu newcomer, roto visage, is mostly minimal, yet in some instances dense, containing layer upon layer of bleak, disturbing and desolate soundscapes. His debut album, "der golem," can be closely aligned with dark ambient yet moves away from the genre with its organic, meditative explorations. The inherent isolation within the tracks is at times uncomfortable, a forced introspection, but quickly sinks into a dark solitude, as though anything beyond... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Electronic, Ambient, Noise
Florida native and Nophi Recordings frontman r_garcia has so lovingly graced our presence with an album of new tunes, a full 40 minutes worth of new music exclusive to Kikapu that is. While not afraid to show his experimental side, r_garcia's music borders on a mix between melodic electronics and noise, with a surprising slice of soul and funk mixed in. One can also hear his love for indie rock shining through on these tracks, so feel free to rock out yourself to these twelve amazingly fun and... ( 3 reviews )
Lukasz Szalankiewicz [Zenial] is the leader and founder of the Palsecam collective, which is gathering some of the best electro/experimental music from demo-scene artists in Poland - and he is also a contributor to it. His music is present on many compilations in Poland and abroad. Nowadays his music is in the process of being remixed by other artists cooperating with him throughout the world. He is also a collaborator with webzine Eld Rich Palmer, devoted to experimental sounds. :: Enigmatic...
The Swedish takeover of Kikapu continues with our latest release from Gustav BjÃ¶rklind. This release is in a bit of a different direction from what you might call a past discernable "Kikapu sound" with a definite microsound influence. Gustav claims Miles Davis, Kompakt, and coffee as an influence for these tracks, and it shows. Abstract techno with minimal clicks and cuts for breaks, these tracks are a great example of Gustav's style and a very welcome addition to the Kikapu...
For our final release of 2012, we have what might be the single most inspiring and epic piece of music ever released on Kikapu. Wavespan and Nobuto Suda have joined forces to create a single song consisting of various instrumentations, field recordings and drones along with a long list of musical guests adding their own input to the piece, combining their particular elements into the greater whole. What emerges from a long gestation of recording and production is an incredibly original and... ( 1 reviews )
file under: analogue ambient, modular mayhem, deep space journey Our latest release comes from old-schooler Veem, aptly titled 'The Return.' Eight tracks of deep analogue pads mixed w/ modular fun, it harkens back to Veem's previous work with us; at times dark yet overall uplifting and pulling you up into the cosmos. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: ambient, electronic, analog, modular, synth, space, dark ambient
file under: emotional ambience, minimal, remixes We're kicking off this exciting new year with a great new EP from previous releaser Off Land, who one-ups himself from his past works in great style with apt path. On this new collection Off Land is continuing in the same direction of minimal ambience but taking it deeper, with even more emotive qualities present therein, and also adding two wonderful remixes from Gastón Arévalo and Jon 7. Ambient fans rejoice! and experience this unique piece... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: ambient, minimal, abstract, experimental, remixes
Past releaser evan valentine has returned to blow your minds yet again with an incredible new mini-EP. This time around the tracks ride along a razor-thin edge of beautifully crafted melodies combined with some very complex breaks. The overall feel is almost a dream-like state, with the solid rhythms keeping everything grounded so the listener doesn't lose focus. This is quite the ingenious work of art to wrap your head around. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electro, IDM, Experimental
Chiang Mai created this amazing mix of techno for us, keeping it often minimal and dark. The only info provided for this mix is that "tracklists are for chumps," but on listening to the mix, we know that things start and end bright with some WNY tracks, but it gets dark and bass-heavy in the middle...there is some Andy Stott in there, to give it some perspective. It really is a great slice of techno and should immediately be downloaded and placed on repeat.
Presented here is a strangely beautiful collection of experimental electronics from Crashed By Car, the latest project of Brandon Reid Huey from Minneapolis. "Low Light Rewinder" is snowy harmonics and delicate overlapping geometries of melody, percussion, and noise articulating a less-travelled territory of music. From "Alone Machines" where massive unsettling marimba detunings and ring modulations are strikingly reconciled by a warm string arrangement, to the bouncing... ( 1 reviews )
The first official release on Kikapu is this long-tracker EP from resident superhero, cellular. cellular is Adrian Jonsson, 20, from ÃÂstersund, Sweden, and his sound lives somewhere within the realms of IDM, drill n' bass, ambient, and 8-bit electronica. This EP covers all intricacies of these styles, while not being overbearing and finding itself within a hole of one of these particular genres. The release kicks off with some incredible piano-driven drill n' bass, and works its way through... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
file under: dark ambience, elegance, density roto visage returns with another incredible full-length of dark, experimental ambience, titled la muse cachée. For this, our 99th release, roto visage takes you into the darkest recesses of your mind, and won't let go. Really fantastic stuff, frightening at times, serene at others. This is a must-listen. Topics: dark ambient, experimental
Taking the less is more approach, Evan Valentine's debut Kikapu release is eight tracks, some of them collaborative, of beautiful melodic IDM with a twist of some video game-ish melodies and incredibly complex percussion patterns. While most tracks hover around the two-minute mark, Mr. Valentine does a wonderful job of making his point with the sounds available to him, and not over-packing them with too many layers. In essence, it's wonderfully concise and feels just right. Topic: Electronic
The debut release of off land is a marvelous collection of subdued, melancholic ambience and electronics. Things slowly start off with minimal drones, followed by shuffling beats and anomalous guitar loops, interspersed with vocal snippets. The rest flows like water, with hints of nominal piano melodies, acoustic rhythms, bells and drones sliding in and out through this elegant collection, floating off into oblivion. This is a remarkable achievement, and a stimulating listening experience. Topics: ambient, electronic, minimal
file under: guitar duos, dark ambient, abstracted electric drones We have a fantastic and much-anticipated new release available today from two of our favorite solo artists - Aidan Baker and Benjamin Fleury-Steiner - collaborating here for 'Second Week of the Second Month.' All the sounds in these four tracks are composed entirely from the electric guitar and it's amazing what these two artists can get out of a single sound source. Topics: ambient, dark ambient, abstract, drone, experimental, guitar
Breaks The Blank Day takes small, insignificant slices of sound and intricately builds them up into overlapping waves of audio. Liberally making use of filters and other effects, the tracks on this debut release are ever-shifting patterns and loops that pulsate hypnotically through your aural hemisphere. Best served with headphones late at night in the dark. Topics: minimal, ambient
We are showcasing American electronic talent Eric Laurence as our eighth release here at Kikapu, and with this EP Eric shows us what he is all about - smooth, ethereal melodies interlaced with sleek drum programming and a heavy dose of cut-up samples; much akin to our first release by cellular. While busy with other projects, including starting up his own record label, Eric was kind enough to share these new tracks with all of you. Download, listen, repeat. Topic: Electronic
Here lies William S. Braintree's debut Kikapu release, and the man definitely brings the goods in the form of some heavy bass and breaks, and the skitterish IDM sound we've always loved. And even pretty piano melodies, all wrapped around the most samples ever heard on a single album. Seriously. Topic: Electro, IDM, Experimental
“Arriving At Night In Ithaca” chronicles an imaginary nocturnal sea journey – imagine you are the sailor Ulysses, coming home after many years of travel. Wind instruments such as the bottle and flute play predominant roles in the composition, and no synthesizers were used, to emphasize its timeless qualities. “Paiyatuma” is a wind instrument project of Thomas Park and Shane Morris. The duo incorporate a variety of wind instruments including trombone, flute, and found sounds such as... ( 2 reviews )
file under: experimental, shuffling ambient, glitching soundscapes Believe it or not, this amazing new album from Mikronesia will be our last release. Ever. That's right, Kikapu is kaput. We're going out in style though, with this brilliant collection of experimental ambient pieces. Mikronesia first came to our attention from his albums for the always impressive Gears of Sand label, and it's quite an honor for us to be able to release some of his work here at Kikapu. And finally, for the last... ( 3 reviews ) Topics: ambient, experimental
Definitely the most interesting release we've offered yet, here lies an EP by Reconstructing Richard. Four songs of pure 4-bit Gameboy madness. While we here at Kikapu have always been fans of the chip-music permeating the waves of the interweb, this is our first full release of microtunes. And that's not all! We are also offering you a wonderful opportunity to eavesdrop on some remixes of original Reconstructing Richard material reinterpreted by twelve different artists, some who are kikapu... ( 1 reviews )
Head of the music label Slide The Needle, John Kale sends bleeps, blips, and bloops, from his bedroom to your eagerly awaiting ears. Growing up through hardcore rock bands to the world of electronic compositions, the Satellite Grooves sound is an amalgam of spacious pads, chill melodies, and analog electronics. Satellite Grooves is often compared to Morr Music, E*Vax, B. Fleischmann, and possibly our good friend Phasmid. Also make sure and check out SG's debut album 'atoms, molecules, and rain'...
file under: Japanese experimentation, abstract, noise Great new release today from the Japanese duo Overdose Kunst, entitled 'Autopoiesis.' Five tracks of experimental abstractions, moments of noise and chaos interspersed with moments of pure beauty. Not to be missed. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: experimental, abstract, noise, ambient
The mysterious Aplink has arrived with a short but excellent EP of ambience and drones. The tracks here focus on minimalism and the passage of time via repetition and layering; each feels like a cut out cross-section of a larger piece of composition. Insular and introspective, yet outwardly accessible to all. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Ambient, Drone, Electronic, Experimental
Tom Ka has been releasing .mod and .xm files for years from his humble abode in Wroclaw City in Poland, but this time he has decided to step out from the shadow of his Amiga and produce his first-ever mp3 release as Rokoa. These two tracks really are the perfect soundtrack to one's early morning wake-up, with beautiful melodies that float over some soft glitchy beats, all while putting a big smile on your face.
Vancouver seems to be turning out a great number of highly creative artists as of late, as our recent releases have shown, and Mike Verde is another example of the great new music that is coming out of British Columbia. Hypocenter is an EP that has a little bit of everything - obvious jazz influences, intricate breaks and rhythm sections, really beautiful melodies, and an emotional underlay that is evident throughout all of the songs. Mike's music is based on the IDM formula, but it refuses to... ( 2 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
One of our most intricately stunning releases to date, the debut EP from Canada's adcBicycle is nothing short of astonishing; a joining of what seems like hundreds of various samples - from vocals to instruments to field recordings - and intensely complex, live instrumentation and improvisation lead to one of the most incomparable and original albums ever recorded. The pure genius and musicianship of the artist reaches out of every tune to wave a big smiling hello to every single listener. What... ( 6 reviews ) Topics: idm, electronic, post-rock
The Kikapu-Ohio link grows even stronger with this latest release from our friend Warren Sulcs, otherwise known as Dub Jay. You might remember Warren from his remix on the algorhythm ep we released here last winter (kpu.027); consider that remix a warm-up for what you are about to hear now. The Mai EP is actually a sort of collaboration between Dub Jay and a few of his close friends. Contributors include Pat Kabat on clarinet, Geoff Kelly on didgeridoo and tapping, and Steve Neola adding some... ( 4 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
You may know Alexey Devyanin from his past releases as Stud. You may also know Brandon Reid Huey from his past releases as Crashed By Car and Red Lines. Last year the two joined up electronically via the wonderful communicative lines of the world wide interweb and collaborated on a five-track EP, presented here under the Jenglander moniker. A mellow collection of melodic electronica, these tracks take on a life of their own, while still representing each artist's respective solo work. Sitting...
A wonderful EP of beautiful droning ambience, Kikapu's final release of the year 2003 is proudly presented from net.label star Introspective. Starting off with a prelude of sorts, concering the current state of world affairs, the EP slowly winds its way through minimal atmospherics on a course destined for ambient brilliance. A perfect cap to a great year, everyone please enjoy these tracks from Introspective. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
Yet another free collection of tracks from Books on Tape. There can be no explanation for the sheer volume of free music this guy gives away except for SHEER INSANITY. Since last December, the world has seen from Books a full-length CD, an mp3 EP on Subverseco, a 3" EP on Piehead. Not to mention a massive West Coast tour. The boy does not stop. And to further demonstrate, here is one of two new Books on Tape mp3 EP's, yours for the taking. And don't forget, by the end of this year, the... ( 2 reviews )
The long-awaited companion piece to 'lights,' the first release from souns, is now here. 'coloured lights' is a collection of remixes of original material from 'lights,' re-interpreted by a number of amazing artists from around the globe. While many of the artists who supplied remixes for this project are based in souns' city of Vancouver, BC, artists from the US, Europe, and even China are represented here, with most of the faces new to Kikapu. Most of the music herein could be labeled... Topic: Ambient
Karaoke Tundra is Victor Tverdochlebov, a musician based in Slovakia, who focuses on a melding of technologies between computerized digitalics and cut-up found sounds. His music is akin to a multitude of microsound artists, as these songs roll along with a smattering of clicks, cuts, beeps, and glitches. But what really separates Karaoke Tundra apart from the rest of the crowd is his innate ability to get your body moving with the funk and hip-hop vibe he creates with all of his available sound... Topic: Electronic
We've got another great mix here from Chiang Mai for your listening pleasure. While his last mix was all techno, this one is very much focused on hip-hop, footwork, juke, and just general bass music. Quite amazing really, the mix of styles in this, and it is a hell of a lot of fun too. Again, no tracklist here, but we recognize some Waka Flocka Flame, Jonwayne, Philip D. Kick, Flying Lotus and De La Soul. Download, listen, repeat, enjoy. Topics: dj mix, hip-hop, juke, footwork, bass, instrumental, kikapu
litmus0001 has returned with another beautiful full-length album. This new work is similar to his previous Kikapu release in the fact that it revolves around live instrumentation and improvisation that ultimately terminates in some of the deepest and most emotional ambience we've had the pleasure of offering. But at the same time litmus0001 has taken his sound to an entirely new level with the addition of more solid rhythms and structured melodies weaving in and out of the drones of a few key... Topic: Electro, IDM, Experimental
The realization of these two improvisational live performances by Matt Borghi and Jason Sloan as a proper release has been a long time coming, and we at Kikapu couldn't be more honored to be bringing these pieces to you now. Both tracks hover just below the half-hour mark, and both incorporate laptops, guitars, and field recordings. Jason Sloan has also produced a short video featuring footage from the recording sessions as an added bonus to this release. This music is ambience at its purest... Topic: Electronic